The Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two. The prize (which in previous iterations was known as the Sandstone Prize and The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction) carries a cash award of $1500 and publication with The Ohio State University Press under its standard contract.


The 2016 Non/Fiction Prize was judged by Michelle Herman.


Michelle Herman is the author of the novels Missing, Dog, and the forthcoming Devotion (2016); the collection of novellas A New and Glorious Life; and three essay collections—The Middle of Everything, Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Like A Song. She is a Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her website is

Read a conversation with Michelle Herman on the Non/Fiction Collection Prize here.

The 2016 winner of the Non/Fiction Collection Prize is Kathryn Nuernberger. 

KathrynNuernbergerAuthorPicKathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink won the James Laughlin prize from the Academy of American Poets and will be released from BOA Editions this fall. Rag & Bone won the Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press. Essays from Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past have appeared in Ninth Letter, Diagram, Mid-American Review, Redivider, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at University of Central Missouri where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press.

The 2015 winner of the Non/Fiction Collection Prize is Julie Hensley.

Author Photo - Julie HensleyHer collection, Landfall: A Ring of Stories, will be published by The Ohio State University Press in Fall 2016.

Julie Hensley’s stories and poems have appeared in many journals, including Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Phoebe, Quarterly West, Redivider, and Ruminate. Her work is regularly anthologized and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first manuscript was selected as the winner of the 2007 Everett Southwest Literature Award. The recipient of the Berry College Award for Emerging Voices in Southern Fiction, Hensley holds an MFA from Arizona State University. Before joining the faculty at Eastern Kentucky, she directed the creative writing program at Cameron University and served as the visiting writer at Prescott College.